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Director, Technical Operations Strategy

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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as an Director, Technical Operations Strategy. This position will be responsible for driving Kite's Technical Operations business strategy and technical innovation pipeline in collaboration with cross-functional business partners. Key interfaces for this role include Commercial, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Finance, Business Development, Quality, and Product Sciences.

RESPONSIBILITIES (include but are not limited to):

  • Gathers key stakeholder input and develops the strategic planning process for the Technical Operations organization and coordinates within the Kite and Gilead strategic plans.
  • Drives Technical Operations leadership in setting, tracking, and managing organizational goals and objectives.
  • Leads strategic analyses with cross-functional teams to explore alternative operating strategies and models based on industry trends, diligence, and emerging best practices.
  • Supports Technical Operations participation in discovering, vetting, negotiating, and integrating potential M&A targets.
  • Responsible for preparing and delivering presentations, reports and associated analysis for all levels of the organization, including senior Kite and Gilead management.
  • Combines business acumen and strong strategic thinking to provide Operations Team Leaders and Program Managers with insightful business support.


  • BS degree required, preferred with a focus in finance or science
  • MBA and/or PhD in a relevant discipline preferred
  • 12+ years of related professional experience
  • Leadership of complex, cross-functional, virtual teams
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing supply chain and commercial strategy
  • Strong knowledge of advances in life sciences operational processes and technology
  • Scientific/technical training and /or experience is an advantage.
  • Proven ability to quickly and effectively identify, investigate, and prioritize innovative processes and technology
  • Strong financial system / modeling acumen
  • Should possess working knowledge of drug development and manufacturing processes in a health authority regulated environment.
  • Previous operational, consulting, and/or business management experience is an advantage.
  • Ability to work with all levels of management and build relationships across disciplines.
  • Strong analytical ability with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional skills in assessing, summarizing and presenting business or operational priorities and decision-points for effective, timely and efficient management/executive decision-making.
  • Superior problem-solving skills with proven abilities to anticipate issues and recommend effective and efficient solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in an environment that emphasizes teamwork to meet deliverables.
  • Inspires trust and respect.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.


Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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Director, Technical Operations Strategy

Santa Monica, CA
Full Time

Published on 01/03/2019